Looking for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day excursion? There’s no better place – stateside, anyway – to celebrate Ireland’s primary patron saint than Boston, MA. There are all the raucous Irish pubs and the famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade that take over the streets of South Boston.
You could also seize the opportunity to experience Boston’s ever-expanding craft beer scene. Why not make the 25-mile trek to Boston from Alta Easterly and tilt back a few pints at some of the city’s best breweries? Here are five of our favorites. Let the green beer flow!
This worker-owned brewery burst onto the scene this past summer and has been drawing rave reviews. Democracy’s decor pays homage to Boston’s revolutionary roots, and its communal seating is reminiscent of a German-style beer hall. Try Democracy’s flagship brew, the Worker’s Pint, a light-bodied American blonde ale, and then branch out from there. You’ll also find the Fighting 54th Saison, the Consummate Rioter IPA, and the 1919 Strike Stout on tap, along with a rotating cast of seasonal releases.
Set in a former piano factory, Backlash Beer Co.’s new taproom is a must-see. Although its digs are new, Backlash has been in the brewing business for some time – almost a decade. The brewery has an all-star IPA lineup, including its popular Bad Decision Juice, Allston, Panic Button, and the mighty All In, a double IPA.
With more than 30 years in the business, Harpoon Brewery is one of the stalwarts of the Boston craft beer scene. And its Seaport District beer hall is a rockin’ good time. Its beers are solid as well. The Harpoon IPA is its best-known offering, but the Boston Irish Stout might be the most fitting choice for this special occasion.
Cambridge, the oldest brewpub in the Boston area, is known for its inventive beers. If you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path brews, it’s definitely worth a St. Patrick’s Day stop. Try the Blunderbuss barrel-aged barleywine or the Tripel Threat, a Belgian-style Tripel, if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
Dorchester doubles as a contract brewing facility, giving brewers without their own space to brew, package, store, and market their beers. Dorchester’s tap list features many of those brewers’ creations along with its own lineup of brews. If variety is your thing, you won’t be bored here. Try Dorchester staples like the V1 Double IPA. Better yet, branch out and try something like the Paradigm Shifter, an India pale lager, or Visions of a Cube, a saison flavored with smoked peaches.
We hope this helps you plan a St. Patrick’s Day to remember. For more life hacks and ideas for fun things to do in the East Walpole, MA, area, visit the Alta Easterly blog.